Photos: Backstage at New York Fashion Week

Top designers will unveil their spring 2016 collections to potential buyers, the press and the general public.

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Models wait backstage before the BCBGMAXAZRIA Spring/Summer 2016 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week in New York, September 10, 2015.Andrew Kelly/Reuters

New York Fashion Week (NYFW)—one of four major fashion weeks—began on September 10 and will see the upcoming spring 2016 collections of the world's biggest designers in almost 100 shows across two venues across New York City.

Hosted by Mercedes-Benz, the showcase has so far seen the collections by top designers such as New York-based Betsey Johnson, winner of the Timeless Talent Award, awarded in 1999 for her recognized influence on fashion, and Derek Lam whose work has previously been exhibited at the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology, Kennedy Center and the Victoria Albert Museum.

Shedding light on models with disabilities, this year's catwalk will include figures such as Rebekah Marine, who was born without a right forearm but now wears one of the most advanced prosthetic hands in the world, an i-limb Quantum, as well as Madeline Stuart, an Australian model diagnosed with Down's Syndrome. Stuart, who debuted in FTL Moda's show on Sunday evening, is the second woman with Down's Syndrome to walk the catwalk after Jamie Brewer, Netflix's American Horror Story actress, did so for designer Carrie Hammer last February.

Still to appear this week are collections by well-known designers Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, DKNY and Michael Kors before the event ends September 17.

Here we take a look at some of the preparations behind the scenes.

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Models are prepared backstage before the FTL Moda Presentation of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station, New York, September 13, 2015. FTL Moda presented a range of designers and partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Global Disability Inclusion. The show casted a diverse range of models, including models living with disabilities.Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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A model is prepared backstage before the Betsey Johnson Spring/Summer 2016 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week in New York, September 11, 2015.Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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A model is prepared backstage before the Betsey Johnson Spring/Summer 2016 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week in New York, September 11, 2015.Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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Model Jesse Pattison is painted backstage before the FTL Moda Presentation of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station, New York, September 13, 2015. FTL Moda presented a range of designers and partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Global Disability Inclusion. The show casted a diverse range of models, including models living with disabilities.Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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Madeline Stuart, an Australian model with Down Syndrome, assists with body painting models backstage before the FTL Moda Presentation of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station, New York, September 13, 2015. FTL Moda presented a range of designers and partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Global Disability Inclusion. The show casted a diverse range of models, including models living with disabilities.Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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Models pose backstage before the Betsey Johnson Spring/Summer 2016 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week in New York, September 11, 2015.Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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A model's nails are seen as she uses her cell phone backstage before the Betsey Johnson Spring/Summer 2016 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week in New York, September 11, 2015.Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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A model waits backstage before the FTL Moda Presentation of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station, New York, September 13, 2015. FTL Moda presented a range of designers and partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Global Disability Inclusion. The show casted a diverse range of models, including models living with disabilities.Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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A model is prepared backstage before the FTL Moda Presentation of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station, New York, September 13, 2015. FTL Moda presented a range of designers and partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Global Disability Inclusion. The show casted a diverse range of models, including models living with disabilities.Andrew Kelly/Reuters

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